Title: The Only Boy
Author: Jordan Locke
Release Date: December 17th, 2013
Goodreads Rating: 3.86/5 Stars
My Rating: 3/5 StarsMy Content Rating: YA (Nothing more than kissing; Some implied references to sex)
Genre: Dystopia, Young Adult
This book was really hard for me to put a rating on because, while I LOVED the premise and the plot, I just never connected with it. It's funny because when I sit back and list out the plot points in my mind, I actually think that this could have been an amazing dystopian story. But somehow it fell kind of flat for me. I still liked it, but I didn't love it.
- Writing style. This story is told in first person present tense and switches between Taylor and Mary's POV. In theory, this should pull the reader into the story so that they are experiencing the action right along with the characters. But, for some reason, it didn't work that way for me. To me, the writing style felt stark and detached. The characters are describing everything around them as it's happening, but I didn't feel a connection to any of it. It felt like everything was described rather clinically. Even when an emotional response was described, I just didn't feel any of it - it felt more like a listing of emotional reactions to something that happened - I wasn't pulled in.
What I loved:
- The plot. I absolutely loved the idea behind this story. Basically, a plague has wiped out most of the population of the world. Since the plague seemed to target men with it began, not only are there no men to be found, but men are basically blamed for the end of the world by most people. Scientists have discovered a way to genetically engineer embryos in a lab and society is now lived by strict rules - one of the most important being, no touching (for fear of spreading the disease). When Jordan comes to Section One, he has to hide that he is a boy. But he can't keep the truth from Mary, and the two end up fleeing out into the world, where they need to fight a new adversary - the dreaded Earthers. Speaking of which ...
- The Earthers. I think my favorite part of the story was the part that had to do with the Earthers. They are a group of women living in "the wild" who have their own sometimes dangerous agenda. I don't want to give away too much about what happens because there are some real surprises here, but the book really picked up for me once the Earthers were involved!
I have to admit that I was hoping for a bit more with this book. I thought that the plot was intriguing and unique, but I just didn't completely connect to the characters. I give it 3/5 stars.
***Disclosure: This book was provided to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given. All opinions are my own***
About the Author
Jordan Locke lives in Connecticut with his wife, two lively daughters and a well-behaved whippet. A graphic designer by trade, his creativity spilled over into the literary world. After years of writing, reading and learning the craft, his fifth novel, The Only Boy, brought him offers of representation from two well-known agents. Now, after the dog is fed and the kids are in bed, you will find him tapping away at the keyboard.
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